WHO I AM!
My name is Jason Skeels and I am a high school social studies teacher and varsity softball coach in Adrian, MI at Adrian High School. This website is a culmination of work done in the Michigan State University College of Education online Masters of Art in Educational Technology Program and as an educator over the past 11 years. Throughout this portfolio I will be showcasing some of my work done from the various classes I have taken that have benefited myself and my students. This website will hopefully give you a better understanding of who I am as an individual, teacher, coach, and learner.
My wife Megan and I, May 2017.
My wife Megan and I, May 2017.
Jason Skeels the Teacher
After completing my undergraduate studies at Grand Valley State University, I obtained a position as a long-term substitute at Wyoming Rogers High School in Wyoming, MI. I spent almost two years teaching Special Education classes, Economics, American History, English, and a few other subject areas. I then obtained a position at Kalkaska High School in Kalkaska, MI in the Social Studies department. I taught in Kalkaska for nine years. Some of the classes I have taught in my eight years at KHS include, World Geography, American History, Civics, Economics, Computer Applications I and II, Marketing, Honors American History, Honors Economics/Civics, and numerous Independent Study Courses. By diversifying myself and teaching in many different areas I have learned a lot about myself, my organizational techniques, different subject areas, and especially time management.
I am very involved outside the classroom in the school and community. While at Kalkaska, I spent a lot of time volunteering for our Athletic Boosters, I was constantly in the weight room with multiple student athletes, both male and female, participated in a few different school groups, and have helped develop a youth football program. I feel that being a part of your community is extremely important and I want to instill that belief upon my students.
As of 2017 I have started a new journey in teaching Economics, Sociology, and Senior Seminar at Adrian High School.
Jason Skeels the Coach
When I am not in my classroom teaching students, I am either on the football field, in the weight room, or in the gym. I have coached a few different sports since the age of 19. I started coaching for the Tecumseh Parks and Rec. Department coaching 13-15 year old boys baseball. After completing my undergraduate work at Grand Valley State University I began by coaching J.V. baseball as an assistant at Wyoming Rogers High School, in Wyoming, MI for two seasons. While at Rogers HS I also coached J.V. football for one season as an assistant. I volunteered in the weight room throughout the school year and summer. In the summer I spent my time coaching Wyoming's high school summer baseball team. After obtaining a teaching position at Kalkaska High School, I began immediately calling the defense for the J.V. football team. After one season at that position, I have spent the past eight seasons as the defensive coordinator for the Varsity team. I have also been a volunteer assistant for five seasons with the Varsity softball team. In 2014 with another football coach, we began a Power Lifting team at Kalkaska and we have seen this grow and develop into a great after-school club for males and females.
I have recently accepted the position of Varsity softball coach at Adrian High School and I am enjoying getting to know my team and developing a program for the Adrian community.